Bob Kearney, 63, has earned a spot in next month’s N.H. Amateur golf championship at Portsmouth Country Club.
Kearney, who spends his summers in Harrisville and plays out of Shattuck in Jaffrey, finished tied for third Wednesday at Stonebridge CC in Goffstown in the fourth of six qualifying events.
Kearney shot a 2-over par 74.
Jake Nutter (Intervale) was medalist with a 3-under round of 67. Beginning his round with three birdies, he was the lone player in the field to break par.
The next qualifying event is Wednesday at Bretwood in Keene, on the South Course.
Kearney won last year’s City Championship in the Tawse Division, in runaway style. Following an eight-birdie round of 66 Saturday at Bretwood in that event, he shot 75 the next day on a Keene CC course he had not played before, and won by 12 shots.
Kearney is a decorated amateur player. He played collegiately at UConn and in 2015 was ranked the No. 1 senior amateur golfer in the country. He qualified to play in back-to-back U.S. Senior Amateurs, in 2015 and 2016, and reached match play in 2015, winning a first-round contest.
He and his wife live in Houston, Texas, but spend summers in Harrisville, where they bought a home four years ago.
At Stonebridge Wednesday, Andrew Purse (Bald Peak) was runner-up, with a 72. Twenty-five players advanced; the cut was 85.
Troy Demers (Pembroke Pines) was the other player to shoot 74. Josh Chamberlain, who has played out of this area previously, shot 79 to tie for eighth and earn his way back into the amateur.
Following next week at Bretwood, the final two qualifiers are June 25 at Eastman in Grantham and June 30 at Beaver Meadow in Concord.